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Weekend prompts ‘great NSW bust-out’

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NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has warned the public about “the great NSW bust-out” as people embrace the first weekend of the state’s relaxed lockdown restrictions.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has warned the public about "the great NSW bust-out" as people embrace the first weekend of the state's relaxed lockdown restrictions.

People living in NSW are enjoying their first weekend of being allowed to leave their homes for a coffee or meal at their favourite restaurant and enjoy the sunshine as lockdown restrictions gradually ease.

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The changes have seen large numbers of people moving around the state's cities, making the most of the first taste of normality after weeks in isolation.

NSW confirmed just one new case of coronavirus up to 8pm last night after a number of consecutive days of low transmission numbers.

NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, said while this is good news for the state, authorities are unsure of where the new transmission has come from and has warned people not be "lulled into a false sense of security".

"We are not sure of where that transmission may be occurring, even with the number of tests," he said.

"I think it's fair to say that there has been the great New South Wales bust-out. People are rewarding themselves after many weeks of sacrifice and having themselves locked inside," he said.

"I don't want to dissuade people from enjoying what is a fantastic state … but I also do want to remind people that this virus is extremely dangerous, and we are all - every one of us - sitting ducks for this virus."

Friends catch up after lockdown restrictions ease at Rushcutters Bay Park in Sydney.

Mr Hazzard said there were a number of cafes and restaurants who weren't aware of the social distancing rules requiring customers to sit at least 1.5m apart or who were not enforcing the rules strong enough.

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Despite this and the large numbers of people leaving their homes over the weekend, there was no need for harsher penalties from police.

"I don't think there's any need to see police doing something that they're not already doing," he said.

Source: 9News

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